Did you know not getting enough sleep could contribute to obesity? Researchers at the University of Chicago published in the Annals of Internal Medicine a study where researchers determined four nights of sleep deprivation reduced insulin sensitivity in fat cells by 30 percent! Keep in mind, the less sensitive your cells are to insulin, the less your body will create hunger-regulating hormone.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, the solution could be adjusting what you do during the day. Here are a couple of things you can do to help you relax your mind and get your body ready to settle down when you need it to.
1. Create a list of “worries” that keep you awake; write down when and how you plan to tackle each task as well.
2. One hour before bedtime, dim the lights, turn off electronics and do an activity that you find relaxing such as reading, stretching, listening to music or even folding laundry. If possible, do the same activity every evening. When you do this, your body will begin to recognize the activity as a signal to start winding down for rest.
3. Once you are in bed, try relaxation exercises. They will help you shift focus and decrease anxiety.
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